Interactivity with JavaScript

This certification course by the University of Michigan teaches the fundamentals of JavaScript and is intended for an audience that already knows HTML & CSS. At just 3.5 hours of video content, it provides a basic understanding of the language with a minimial investment of your time required.

Created by: Colleen van Lent, Ph.D. and Charles Severance

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Course Description

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If you want to take your website to the next level, the ability to incorporate interactivity is a must. But adding some of these types of capabilities requires a stronger programming language than HTML5 or CSS3, and JavaScript can provide just what you need. With just a basic understanding of the language, you can create a page that will react to common events such as page loads, mouse clicks & movements, and even keyboard input. This course will introduce you to the basics of the JavaScript language. We will cover concepts such as variables, looping, functions, and even a little bit about debugging tools. You will understand how the Document Object Model (DOM) is used by JavaScript to identify and modify specific parts of your page. After the course, learners will be able to react to DOM Events and dymically alter the contents and style of their page. The class will culmite in a fil project - the creation of an interactive HTML5 form that accepts and verifies input. This is the third course in the Web Design For Everybody specialization. A basic understanding of HTML and CSS is expected when you enroll in this class. Additiol courses focus on enhancing the styling with responsive design and completing a capstone project.

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Pros

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Cons

    • Concise introductory course perfect for complete beginners.
    • Fun and useful quizzes and peer-reviewed assignments that encourage interactivity.
    • Instructor uses a problem-solving oriented approach great for facilitating deep-learning.
    • Lacking in content, further reading and practicing beyond this course are necessary to get a solid grasp of JS fundamentals.
    • Very few practical assignments.

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Instructor Details

Colleen van Lent, Ph.D. and Charles Severance

Colleen van Lent is a Lecturer IV at the University of Michigan School of Information, where she teaches various technology-oriented courses including introductory programming and Web development. Colleen's previous jobs include Associate Professor at California State University and positions at NASA JPL, the Naval Research Lab, and the NSA. She received her BS from Kent State University Honors College in Computer Science, and an MS and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, also in Computer Science. Her thesis was on Artificial Intelligence applications on the Nursebot Project, a robotic assistant for the elderly. Her honors include being chosen as a National Physical Sciences Consortium Fellow and a NASA Faculty Fellow. Colleen has always emphasized the idea of technology for everybody.

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